A young Hutterite boy must marry his late brother's wife who comes from outside the community.A young Hutterite boy must marry his late brother's wife who comes from outside the community.A young Hutterite boy must marry his late brother's wife who comes from outside the community.
It's hard to find an accurate descriptor for this movie. It was an effort...you sort of find yourself feeling the same way about it that you would about a child's school report read aloud...gently ignoring glaring flaws and nodding encouragingly.
Bonus points for including Hutterites in a movie. I bet a lot of people had no idea they even existed. Take away a few points for the gott-awful pseudogerman accents that everyone affected...they didn't work at all. Tate Donovan couldn't even keep the accent consistently...I thought at first he was acting "American" and then going back to German when he returned to the community...but then I heard American there too.
The plot had charm, but it was overall weak. Joseph Gordon-Levitt was very cute as Zeke, save a couple of stilted moments (in the car at the border). Patricia Arquette is generally a charming actress, but I found myself wincing a couple of times....("Jack...Daniels! Wooooooo!") The only character who seemed halfway authentic was Uncle Wilhelm, everyone else seemed uncomfortable and out-of-place.
The cover of the jacket bills it as a sexy comedy....I don't know where that came from....what sex?
Anyhow, it was sweet...not the best-directed or the best-acted, but it felt like the intention was there.
- Sep 4, 2004